Valley Gold

Valley Gold enables supporters to play a pivotal role in the future of Charlton Athletic by helping the club to unearth talented footballers through its youth system.

The organisation launched in 1989, with its original aim being to aid the club’s return to The Valley. When this was achieved in December 1992, its focus switched to helping Charlton’s academy to thrive. 

No less than 72 academy graduates have gone on to represent the Addicks’ first-team since Valley Gold’s inception and five of those – Lee Bowyer, Paul Konchesky, Scott Parker, Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Gomez – all went on to become full England internationals. 

Fourteen graduates have made more than 100 senior appearances for Charlton and in 2009, with the club struggling financially, Valley Gold was vital in keeping the academy afloat.  


As well providing substantial, financial support Charlton’s academy, Valley Gold also contributes to our women’s team, deaf team, Museum and our academy transport vehicles, amongst other things. 

Valley Gold is entirely supporter-funded, with membership costing £120 per year. As a member of Valley Gold, you will also have the opportunity to scoop up to £5,000 in regular cash prizes. 

Prize draws take place every weekday of the year, excluding bank holidays and matchdays, and at all home league fixtures at The Valley where a total of £6,000 is up for grabs. 

Bonus draws also take place on the opening and final days of the season and at Christmas, meaning that Valley Gold’s seasonal giveaway to its members totals £60,500. 


Under the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), the club’s academy is currently assessed as Category 2.

Becoming a Category 1 club is important for recruiting and retaining the very best youth talent, as it enables them to compete against the best sides in their age group on a weekly basis.

Category 1 clubs are also able to freely ‘scout’ lower category clubs. The average cost of running a Category 2 academy is £1.6m per annum. From a financial perspective, this represents the second biggest cost centre of the club, with the largest being the first-team squad.

This is a huge level of cost to support each year, which is why the Football Club continues to be so grateful to Valley Gold members for its fundraising efforts.

For more information about Valley Gold and to sign up, please click here

List of first-team debutants since Valley Gold’s inception in 1989

Name: Ashley Maynard-Brewer

Debut: 13/12/2018

Against: Swansea City U21

Name: Terrique Anderson

Debut: 13/12/2018

Against: Swansea City U21

Name: Albie Morgan

Debut: 04/09/2018

Against: AFC Wimbledon

Name: Ben Dempsey

Debut: 14/08/2018

Against: MK Dons

Name: Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu

Debut: 14/08/2018

Against: MK Dons

Name: Ryan Blumberg

Debut: 14/08/2018

Against: MK Dons

Name: Matt Carter

Debut: 05/12/17

Against: Swansea City U21

Name: Jo Cummings

Debut: 01/11/17

Against: Fulham U21

Name: Jamie Mascoll

Debut: 01/11/17

Against: Fulham U21

Name: Taylor Maloney

Debut: 29/08/17

Against: Crawley Town

Name: George Lapslie

Debut: 29/08/17

Against: Crawley Town

Name: Reeco Hackett-Fairchild

Debut: 08/08/17

Against: Exeter City

Name: Anfernee Dijksteel

Debut: 08/08/17

Against: Exeter City

Name: Aaron Barnes

Debut: 30/04/17

Against: Swindon Town

Name: Joe Aribo

Debut: 04/10/16

Against: Crawley Town

Name: Dillon Phillips

Debut: 30/08/16

Against: Southampton U23

Name: Ezri Konsa

Debut: 09/08/16

Against: Cheltenham Town

Name: Brandon Hanlan

Debut: 06/08/16

Against: Bury

Name: Joshua Umerah

Debut: 16/01/16

Against: Hull City

Name: Ademola Lookman

Debut: 03/11/16

Against: Milton Keynes Dons

Name: Oliver Muldoon 

Debut: 25/08/15

Against: Peterborough United

Name: Mikhail Kennedy

Debut: 25/08/15

Against: Peterborough United

Name: Tareiq Holmes-Dennis

Debut: 11/05/15 

Against: Dagenham & Redbridge

Name: Regan Charles-Cook

Debut: 11/08/15

Against: Dagenham & Redbridge

Name: Karlan Ahearne-Grant

Debut: 30/09/14

Against: Norwich City

Name: Joe Gomez

Debut: 12/08/14

Against: Colchester United

Name: Morgan Fox

Debut: 24/02/14 

Against: Sheffield Wednesday

Name: Harry Lennon

Debut: 25/01/14

Against: Huddersfield Town

Name: Diego Poyet

Debut: 21/01/14

Against: Oxford United

Name: Jordan Cousins 

Debut: 06/08/14

Against: Oxford United 

Name: Joe Pigott

Debut: 06/08/14

Against: Oxford United 

Name: Adebayo Azeez

Debut: 05/01/13

Against: Huddersfield Town

Name: Lawrie Wilson

Debut: 14/08/12

Against: Leyton Orient 

Name: Danny Haynes

Debut: 21/01/12

Against: Sheffield United

Name: Tosan Popo

Debut: 13/09/11

Against: Preston North End

Name: Danny Green

Debut: 16/08/11

Against: Colchester United

Name: Callum Harriott

Debut: 25/04/11 

Against: Rochdale

Name: Carl Jenkinson

Debut: 14/12/10

Against: Brentford

Name: Yado Mambo 

Debut: 06/10/09

Against: Barnet 

Name: Alex Stavrinou

Debut: 11/08/09 

Against: Hereford United

Name: Chris Solly

Debut: 03/05/09 

Against: Norwich City

Name: Tamer Tuna

Debut: 18/04/09

Against: Blackpool

Name: Rashid Yussuff

Debut: 13/01/09

Against: Norwich City

Name: Josh Wright

Debut: 25/10/08

Against: Burnley

Name: Scott Wagstaff

Debut: 26/04/08

Against: Barnsley

Name: Jonjo Shelvey

Debut: 26/04/08

Against: Barnsley

Name: Rob Elliot

Debut: 05/04/08

Against: Plymouth Argyle

Name: Grant Basey

Debut: 27/10/07

Against: Queens Park Rangers

Name: Harry Arter

Debut: 25/09/07

Against: Luton Town

Name: Darren Randolph

Debut: 13/05/07

Against: Liverpool

Name: Nathan Ashton

Debut: 19/09/06

Against: Carlisle United

Name: Lloyd Sam

Debut: 15/05/05 

Against: Crystal Palace

Name: Osei Sankofa

Debut: 03/05/03 

Against: Manchester United

Name: Jamal Campbell-Ryce

Debut: 12/04/03

Against: Blackburn Rovers

Name: Jonathan Fortune

Debut: 18/08/01

Against: Everton 

Name: Charlie MacDonald

Debut: 03/01/00

Against: Nottingham Forest

Name: Scott Parker

Debut: 23/08/97

Against: Bury

Name: Paul Konchesky 

Debut: 16/08/97 

Against: Oxford United

Name: Kevin Lisbie

Debut: 24/09/96

Against: Burnley

Name: Kevin Nicholls

Debut: 20/09/96

Against: Ipswich Town

Name: Dean Chandler

Debut: 07/05/95

Against: Reading

Name: Jamie Stuart

Debut: 05/02/95

Against: West Bromwich Albion

Name: Richard Rufus

Debut: 29/10/94

Against: Derby County

Name: Lee Bowyer

Debut: 27/09/94

Against: Swindon Town

Name: Danny R Mills

Debut: 12/10/93

Against: Brescia

Name: Shaun Newton

Debut: 01/05/93

Against: Derby County

Name: Paul Linger

Debut: 06/04/93

Against: Watford

Name: Paul Sturgess

Debut: 30/01/93

Against: Notts County

Name: Linvoy Primus

Debut: 07/10/92

Against: Bury

Name: Mark Tivey

Debut: 26/02/92

Against: Millwall 

Name: Jermaine Darlington

Debut: 01/02/92

Against: Brighton & Hove Albion

Name: Steve Brown

Debut: 21/09/91

Against: Watford

Name: Anthony Barness

Debut: 17/09/91

Against: Sunderland

Name: Andy Salako

Debut: 11/05/91

Against: Plymouth Argyle

Name: Kim Grant

Debut: 02/03/91

Against: Bristol City

Name: Paul Bacon

Debut: 19/12/89

Against: Crystal Palace

Name: Marcus Smart

Debut: 14/11/89

Against: Leicester City

Name: Gordon Watson

Debut: 19/08/89

Against: Derby County